Haifa, Israel

Haifa is the largest city in Northern Israel and the third-largest city in the country, after Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The city is a seaport located on Israel's Mediterranean coastline in the Bay of Haifa, about 90 km north of Tel Aviv, and is one of the country's major industrial centers.

The city of Haifa is divided into three areas. The lower city is the commercial center with modern port facilities. The middle level is an older residential zone and the upper level consists of modern neighborhoods, overlooking the sandy beaches of Haifa Bay. The Bahá'í World Centre, with the golden Shrine of the Báb and the surrounding gardens, is the main tourist attraction of Haifa. The restored German Colony, founded by the Templers, Stella Maris and the Carmelite monastery are also popular tourist sites.

In Haifa area, the artist's village of Ein Hod attracts many tourists. In Mount Carmel national park, visitors can see the caves where Neanderthal and early Homo Sapiens remains were found. Haifa also has a wide variety of malls and shopping centers.

Things to See & Do

* Bahá'í World Centre
* Carmelite monastery
* Ein Hod
* Mount Carmel national park
* German Colony

General Information

Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency – New Shekel (IS) = 100 agorot
Land Area – 863 km²
Language – Hebrew, Arabic
Population – 270,00 approx.
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC plus two hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 972

Port Location - The port is located in the commercial area of Haifa, close to the old city of Haifa and the German Colony.

Travel Links – Haifa Airport serves domestic flights to Tel Aviv and Eilat as well as international charters to Cyprus. There are currently plans in place to expand services from Haifa, whilst cruise ships operate from Haifa port to Greece and Cyrpus.

Haifa is well connected to Tel Aviv, Akko (Acre), Beer Sheva and the Ben Gurion International Airport by a train line. The trip takes a little over an hour and during peak hours there are as many as 3-4 services hourly.

You can take Egged buses from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or almost any city in the region to Haifa. During the Sabbath, you'll have to resort to a shared taxi (sherut), most of which leave from near Tel Aviv's central bus station.

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Cruises from Haifa, Israel

Cruise Date Duration
Voyager, 12 Nights Historic Jerusalem & Athens ex Jerusalem (Haifa) to Rome (Civitavecchia) 14/03/22 12 nts
Encore, Eastern Mediterranean Marvels ex Haifa to Athens 22/05/22 7 nts
Encore, Holy Land & Turkish Gems ex Haifa to Istanbul 22/05/22 14 nts
Encore, Eastern Mediterranean Treasures ex Haifa to Athens 22/05/22 21 nts
Explorer, Sacred Lands & Picturesque Canals ex Haifa to Venice 05/06/22 14 nts
Rhapsody of the Seas, ex Haifa, Israel Return 05/08/22 7 nts
Rhapsody of the Seas, ex Haifa, Israel Return 12/08/22 6 nts
Rhapsody of the Seas, ex Haifa, Israel Return 18/08/22 7 nts
Rhapsody of the Seas, ex Haifa, Israel Return 25/08/22 7 nts
Rhapsody of the Seas, ex Haifa, Israel Return 01/09/22 8 nts
Nautica, Domes to Deities from Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel to Venice 04/09/22 12 nts
Nautica, Domes of Discovery from Jerusalem (Haifa), Israel to Barcelona 04/09/22 22 nts
Rhapsody of the Seas, ex Haifa, Israel Return 09/09/22 7 nts
Encore, Eastern Mediterranean Marvels ex Haifa to Athens 11/09/22 7 nts
Encore, Holy Land & Turkish Gems ex Haifa to Istanbul 11/09/22 14 nts
Encore, Eastern Mediterranean Treasures ex Haifa to Athens 11/09/22 21 nts
Rhapsody of the Seas, ex Haifa, Israel Return 16/09/22 3 nts
Rhapsody of the Seas, ex Haifa, Israel Return 19/09/22 4 nts
Rhapsody of the Seas, ex Haifa, Israel Return 23/09/22 5 nts
Rhapsody of the Seas, ex Haifa, Israel Return 28/09/22 5 nts
Rhapsody of the Seas, ex Haifa, Israel Return 03/10/22 4 nts
Rhapsody of the Seas, ex Haifa, Israel Return 07/10/22 6 nts
Rhapsody of the Seas, ex Haifa, Israel Return 13/10/22 6 nts
Rhapsody of the Seas, ex Haifa, Israel Return 19/10/22 5 nts
Rhapsody of the Seas, ex Haifa, Israel Return 24/10/22 4 nts
Rhapsody of the Seas, ex Haifa, Israel Return 28/10/22 3 nts
Rhapsody of the Seas, ex Haifa, Israel to Barcelona, Spain 31/10/22 8 nts
Seabourn Encore, 21 Night Aegean Marvels & Turkish Treasures ex Haifa, Israel to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 14/05/23 21 nts
Seabourn Encore, 14 Night Aegean Marvels ex Haifa, Israel to Istanbul, Turkey 14/05/23 14 nts
Seabourn Encore, 7 Night Eastern Mediterranean & Aegean Gems ex Haifa, Israel to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 14/05/23 7 nts
Sirena, Antiquities to Venetian Riches ex Haifa, Israel to Venice, Italy 27/05/23 19 nts
Sirena, Portraits of Antiquity ex Haifa, Israel to Valletta, Malta 27/05/23 11 nts
Seabourn Encore, 14 Night Aegean Gems & Dalmatian Delights ex Haifa, Israel to Venice, Italy 13/08/23 14 nts
Seabourn Encore, 21 Night Greek Isles & The Adriatic Sea ex Haifa, Israel to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 13/08/23 21 nts
Seabourn Encore, 7 Night Eastern Mediterranean & Aegean Gems ex Haifa, Israel to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 13/08/23 7 nts
Seabourn Encore, 21 Night Aegean Marvels & Turkish Treasures ex Haifa, Israel to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 10/09/23 21 nts
Seabourn Encore, 14 Night Aegean Marvels ex Haifa, Israel to Istanbul, Turkey 10/09/23 14 nts
Seabourn Encore, 7 Night Eastern Mediterranean & Aegean Gems ex Haifa, Israel to Athens (Piraeus) Greece 10/09/23 7 nts
Nautica, Holy Land & Aegean Majesty ex Haifa, Israel to Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 06/10/23 11 nts
Nautica, Holy Land & Mediterranean Glory ex Haifa, Israel to Venice, Italy 06/10/23 21 nts
Voyager, 14 Nights Ancient & Holy Lands ex Jerusalem (Haifa) to Venice 15/10/23 14 nts